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 This Month In Lambton 


This Month In Lambton

 New Executive Director at Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park

The County of Lambton Community Development Corporation (CLCDC) Board of Directors has named Dr. Katherine Albion the next Executive Director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park (the Park).  Dr. Albion, who has served with the Park in a number of capacities since 2008, replaces Tom Strifler who will retire after a short transitional period.

Dr. Albion received her Ph.D. in Engineering Science from The University of Western Ontario (Western University) in 2007, where she also received her Bachelor of Engineering Science, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering.  She has received numerous awards over her career, including the Award of Excellence from The Canadian Academy of Engineering Energy Pathways Task Force in 2010 and the Western Engineering Award of Recognition from the Faculty of Engineering in 2015.

Dr. Katherine Albion

Dr. Katherine Albion, Executive Director, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park

 Sarnia-Lambton Vying for Intelligent Community Top7

Sarnia-Lambton continues its campaign to be recognized among the world's Top7 Intelligent Communities, making its submission to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) earlier this month.  ICF named Sarnia-Lambton to its Smart21 communities last fall and invited it to participate in the Top7 leg of its awards program.

The ICF will now evaluate each community on its access to broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equality, sustainability, and advocacy before making its announcement in New York City February 8.  The world's Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced at a special ceremony in London, England this June.

ICF presentation

ICF presentation in the fall of 2017.

A partnership comprised of representatives from the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, County of Lambton, City of Sarnia, Bluewater Power, Bluewater Regional Networks, Brooke Telecom, Lambton College, and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park applied to the ICF program on behalf of the community.

To learn more about what makes Sarnia-Lambton a "smart community", visit IntelligentSL.ca.

The Intelligent Community Forum is a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich their quality of life.

 Bear Creek Bridge - Warwick Village

The County of Lambton has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process to consider options associated with the Bear Creek Bridge which is located on County Road 22 (Egremont Road) at the east limits of the Village of Warwick. Recent engineering inspections of the structure have identified significant deterioration with many of the bridge components. All reasonable alternatives will be considered in conjunction with the Class EA process including:  repairing the existing bridge; replacement of the existing bridge in the same location; rehabilitation of the existing bridge; and doing nothing.  Additional information about the project is available through the County's Consultant, B.M. Ross and Associates.

Bear Creek Bridge

Bear Creek Bridge - Warwick Village.

 Groundhog Day Prediction at Wyoming Library

Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper will be visiting the Wyoming Library along with Lambton's famous groundhog, Oil Springs Ollie, on Friday February 2 at 9 a.m. where the duo will predict whether an early spring is coming to Lambton in 2018.  The event also includes a talk on groundhogs, crafts, and colouring.

Wyoming Library

Wyoming Library

Heaven's Wildlife Rescue, a rehabilitation and education centre located in Lambton County, will be leading the educational presentation on groundhogs.  The centre rehabilitates orphaned, injured and displaced wildlife patients and on this Groundhog Day, the Library and the Centre are encouraging visitors to bring with them any small, broken or unwanted toys and stuffed animals for donation to the centre.  Toys are well-used by the rescue animals who need to stay active while staying at the centre.

Oil Springs Ollie is a permanent resident at Heaven's Wildlife Rescue.  The groundhog was a rescued animal that is unable to be released back in the wild.  This is his fifth prediction.

 Draft 2018 County Budget

The public is invited to attend the presentation of the 2018 Draft County of Lambton Budget, which will be made at a special joint meeting of Lambton County Council's Standing Committees.  The meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the County Council Chambers at 789 Broadway Street, Wyoming.  The meeting is also scheduled to be live streamed and made available for archival viewing through the County's website, LambtonOnline.ca.

 Meeting Dates for 2018

Each Lambton County Councillor sits on one of two standing committees that meets monthly to consider staff recommendations and, in turn, make recommendations to County Council.  Council and Committee meetings are typically held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month respectively.  Open Session for Council Meetings, which are streamed through the County's website, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on the following dates in 2018:  February 7, March 7 (budget deliberations), March 22 (budget deliberations - if required), April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1 (at call of Warden), September 5, October 3, November 7, November 28, and December 12 (Warden's Election).

County Council Chambers

Committee A.M. (beginning at 9 a.m.) and Committee P.M. (beginning at 1 p.m.) are scheduled for the following dates in 2018:  February 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, and November 21.

 Follow Warden Weber

Stay up-to-date and interact with Lambton County's Warden on Twitter.  Follow Warden Bill Weber @LambtonWarden for news, photos, insights, and resources from the Office of the County Warden.

Warden Weber at Mobile Makerspace launch

Warden Bill Weber at the launch of Mobile Makerspace.

 211 Day in Ontario

February 11 is recognized as 211 Day across North America.  The purpose is to remind residents that they can call 2-1-1 whenever they need information about local community and social services.

Ontario 211 also has a role to play in times of emergency and can be activated by County and municipal officials to answer calls from residents looking for information about what has happened and for instructions about what to do.  One of the goals is to redirect such calls away from 9-1-1, which should only be called to report an emergency or to request emergency assistance.

211 Ontario

The public will be advised through local media, social media and other sources when 211 has been activated during an emergency.  To learn more about 211 services, please visit the related page at EmergenciesLambton.ca.

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Jan 17 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Feb 7 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Feb 21 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
11:30 a.m., Feb 21 - Joint Meeting of Committee A.M. & Committee P.M. - presentation of the 2018 draft County budget.
9 a.m., Mar 7 - Lambton County Council (Budget deliberations)
9 a.m., Mar 22 - Lambton County Council (Budget deliberations)*
9:30 a.m., April 4 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Apr 18 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

*if required